HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Why Won't Romney Release ...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 08:40 AM

Why Won't Romney Release More Tax Returns (The New Yorker) [View all]

July 16, 2012
WHY WON’T ROMNEY RELEASE MORE TAX RETURNS?
Posted by John Cassidy

“He should release the tax returns tomorrow: it’s crazy,” Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “You gotta release six, eight, ten years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two.” Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Will, the veteran columnist, agreed, saying, “If something going to come out, get it out in a hurry.” And Dowd, who was the chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004, said Romney’s refusal to release returns for the years prior to 2010 was a sign of his “arrogance.”

With even prominent Republicans saying that his current stance is unsustainable, the obvious question to ask is: Why is the Mittster being so obstinate? He surely isn’t standing on principle, for what principle would that be? The notion that very rich men running for President shouldn’t have to disclose as much information about their personal finances as less wealthy candidates? The principal that if your father also ran for President, and released twelve years of tax returns, then you can release just two and claim the family average is a respectable seven years?
No. It’s only fair to assume that Mitt is doing what he always does: acting on the basis of a careful cost-benefit analysis. Will’s comments on this were spot on: “The cost of not releasing the returns are clear,” he said. “Therefore, must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.” But what information could the earlier tax returns contain that would be so damaging if it were brought out into the open? Obviously, we are entering the realm of speculation, but Romney has invited it. Here are four possibilities:

More from Source:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2012/07/why-wont-romney-release-more-tax-returns.html

43 replies, 6555 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 43 replies Author Time Post
Reply Why Won't Romney Release More Tax Returns (The New Yorker) [View all]
Dalai_1 Jul 2012 OP
livetohike Jul 2012 #1
Dalai_1 Jul 2012 #4
msanthrope Jul 2012 #36
MADem Jul 2012 #40
CBGLuthier Jul 2012 #2
Kablooie Jul 2012 #23
nc4bo Jul 2012 #3
SDjack Jul 2012 #5
Live and Learn Jul 2012 #6
Booster Jul 2012 #10
Jim__ Jul 2012 #7
starroute Jul 2012 #8
Jessy169 Jul 2012 #9
magical thyme Jul 2012 #11
Jessy169 Jul 2012 #13
magical thyme Jul 2012 #14
calimary Jul 2012 #30
JHB Jul 2012 #21
go west young man Jul 2012 #25
ThoughtCriminal Jul 2012 #31
MADem Jul 2012 #41
MgtPA Jul 2012 #12
ejbr Jul 2012 #29
uponit7771 Jul 2012 #37
Dalai_1 Jul 2012 #15
Historic NY Jul 2012 #16
eridani Jul 2012 #35
wiggs Jul 2012 #17
Dalai_1 Jul 2012 #20
uponit7771 Jul 2012 #38
wiggs Jul 2012 #42
DallasNE Jul 2012 #18
Ganja Ninja Jul 2012 #19
KurtNYC Jul 2012 #33
wiggs Jul 2012 #43
disndat Jul 2012 #22
red dog 1 Jul 2012 #34
uponit7771 Jul 2012 #39
Kablooie Jul 2012 #24
HereSince1628 Jul 2012 #26
Geoff R. Casavant Jul 2012 #27
n2doc Jul 2012 #28
ThoughtCriminal Jul 2012 #32